Remember all that drama and speculation back in February about the possibility of Top Chef filming its 10th season in Seattle? This most intriguing of rumors was resuscitated today with this anonymous commenter over at Eater Seattle, who claimed the show’s production team has leased a building in Redmond.
Now Seattle Met has heard from two separate sources, both connected to the show, that the next Top Chef will indeed be set in Seattle. Both sources asked to remain anonymous, since Bravo and Top Chef production company Magical Elves are hardcore about such matters. It was about this time last year that Eater National started receiving grainy phone snaps of the ninth season being shot in Texas. Last year Bravo didn’t officially confirm the location until August. There’s also that persistent rumor that Seattle and Portland might share the season, a la San Antonio, Dallas and Austin. Portland is more of a national food darling, but Seattle’s having a pretty damn good year, too, thanks in part to the food-geek juggernaut that is Modernist Cuisine, and Tom Douglas’s recent James Beard award (Matt Dillon’s, too!)
So, Top Chef fans. If you see any chefs hustling around local grocery stores while the camera rolls, or run into Tom Colicchio waiting for a table outside Walrus and the Carpenter, give a shout.